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Max Allan Collins


USA flag (b.1948)
Husband of Barbara Collins

aka Barbara Allan, Patrick Culhane

Max Allan Collins has earned an unprecedented ten Private Eye Writers of America Shamus nominations for his historical thrillers, winning twice for his Nathan Heller novels, True Detective and Stolen Away. A Mystery Writers of America Edgar nominee in both fiction and non-fiction categories, Collins has written five suspense novel series, film criticism, short fiction, songwriting, trading-card sets, and movie/TV tie-in novels, including Air Force One, The Mummy Returns, the New York Times bestselling Saving Private Ryan, CSI: Double Dealer (from the CBS series), and The Scorpion King.

He scripted the internationally syndicated comic strip Dick Tracy from 1977 to 1993 and has written the Batman comic book and newspaper strip. His graphic novel, Road to Perdition, has been made into a DreamWorks feature film starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman, directed by Sam Mendes.

Collins lives in Muscatine, Iowa, with his wife, writer Barbara Collins, and son, Nathan.
 

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Thriller, Western, Historical Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
 
New and upcoming books
April 2024

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November 2024

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Quarry's Return
(Quarry, book 17)
March 2025

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Baby, It's Murder
(Mike Hammer)
Series
Nolan
   1. Bait Money (1973)
   2. Blood Money (1973)
   3. Fly Paper (1981)
   4. Hush Money (1981)
   5. Hard Cash (1981)
   6. Scratch Fever (1982)
   7. Spree (1987)
   8. Mourn the Living (1988)
   9. Skim Deep (2020)
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Quarry
   1. Quarry (1976)
     aka The Broker
   2. Quarry's List (1976)
     aka The Broker's Wife
   3. Quarry's Deal (1976)
     aka The Dealer
   4. Quarry's Cut (1977)
     aka The Slasher
   5. Quarry's Vote (1987)
     aka Primary Target
   6. Quarry's Greatest Hits (2003)
   7. The Last Quarry (2006)
   8. The First Quarry (2008)
   9. Quarry in the Middle (2009)
   10. Quarry's Ex (2010)
   11. The Wrong Quarry (2014)
   12. Quarry's Choice (2015)
   13. Quarry in the Black (2016)
   14. Quarry's Climax (2017)
   15. Killing Quarry (2019)
   16. Quarry's Blood (2022)
   17. Quarry's Return (2024)
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Mallory
   1. The Baby Blue Rip-Off (1982)
   2. No Cure for Death (1983)
   3. Kill Your Darlings (1984)
   4. A Shroud for Aquarius (1985)
   5. Nice Weekend for a Murder (1986)
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Nathan Heller
   1. True Detective (1983)
   2. True Crime (1984)
   3. The Million Dollar Wound (1986)
   4. Neon Mirage (1988)
   5. Stolen Away (1991)
   6. Carnal Hours (1994)
   7. Blood and Thunder (1995)
   8. Damned in Paradise (1996)
   9. Flying Blind (1998)
   10. Majic Man (1999)
   11. Angel in Black (2001)
   12. Chicago Confidential (2002)
   13. Bye Bye, Baby (2011)
   14. Target Lancer (2012)
   15. Ask Not (2013)
   16. Better Dead (2016)
   17. Do No Harm (2020)
   18. The Big Bundle (2022)
   19. Too Many Bullets (2023)
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Eliot Ness
   1. The Dark City (1987)
   2. Butcher's Dozen (1988)
   3. Bullet Proof (1989)
   4. Murder by the Numbers (1989)
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Fangoria Dreadtime Stories
   A Good Head on His Shoulders (1993)
   Reincarnal (1994)
   Wolf (1995)
   Mercy (2018)
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Mommy
   1. Mommy (1997)
   2. Mommy's Day (1998)
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Perdition Saga
   1. Road to Perdition (1998)
   2. Road to Purgatory (2004)
   3. Road to Paradise (2005)
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Artist Archives
   Elvgren Girls I (1999)
   Swimsuit Sweeties (1999)
   Varga Girls II (1999)
   Elvgren Girls II (1999)
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Mummy
   1. The Mummy (1999)
   2. The Mummy Returns (2001)
   3. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
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Dark Angel
   1. Before the Dawn (2002)
   2. Skin Game (2003)
   3. After the Dark (2003)
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On the Road to Perdition
   1. Oasis (2003)
   2. Sanctuary (2003)
   3. Detour (2004)
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Criminal Minds
   1. Jump Cut (2007)
   2. Killer Profile (2008)
   3. Finishing School (2008)
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Mike Hammer (with Mickey Spillane)
   6.5. Kill Me If You Can (2022)
   14. The Goliath Bone (2008)
   15. Kiss Her Goodbye (2009)
   16. The Big Bang (2010)
   17. Lady, Go Die! (2012)
   Skin (2012)
   18. Complex 90 (2013)
   19. King of the Weeds (2014)
   Kill Me, Darling (2015)
   Murder Never Knocks (2016)
   22. A Long Time Dead (2016)
   The Will to Kill (2017)
   Killing Town (2018)
   Murder, My Love (2019)
   Masquerade for Murder (2020)
   Dig Two Graves (2023)
   Baby, It's Murder (2025)
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Krista Larson
   1. Girl Most Likely (2019)
   2. Girl Can't Help It (2020)
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Novels
   Midnight Haul (1986)
   In the Line of Fire (1993)
   Maverick (1994) (with Dewey Gram)
   Waterworld (1995)
   NYPD Blue: Blue Beginning (1995)
   Daylight (1996)
   Air Force 1 (1997)
   U.S. Marshals (1998)
   Saving Private Ryan (1998)
   Regeneration (1999) (with Barbara Collins)
   U-571 (2000)
   Windtalkers (2001)
   The Scorpion King (2002)
   I Spy (2002)
   Johnny Dynamite (2003)
   Bombshell (2004) (with Barbara Collins)
   Black Hats (2007) (as by Patrick Culhane)
   American Gangster (2007)
   Deadly Beloved (2007)
   Red Sky in Morning (2008) (as by Patrick Culhane)
   The Pink Panther (2009)
   The Consummata (2011) (with Mickey Spillane)
   Inherit the Dead (2013) (with others)
   What Doesn't Kill Her (2013)
   USS Powderkeg (2018)
     aka Red Sky in Morning
   The Many Lives of Jimmy Leighton (2021) (with Dave Thomas)
   The Menace (2022) (with Mickey Spillane)
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Collections
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Anthologies edited
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Anthology series
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Series contributed to
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
   1. Double Dealer (2002)
   2. Sin City (2002)
   3. Cold Burn (2003)
   4. Body of Evidence (2003)
   5. Grave Matters (2004)
   6. Binding Ties (2005)
   7. Killing Game (2005)
   8. Snake Eyes (2006)
   Serial (2003)
   Bad Rap (2004)
   Demon House (2004)
   Mortal Wounds (2007)
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CSI: Miami
   1. Florida Getaway (2003)
   2. Heat Wave (2004)
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Graphic Novels show
 
Non fiction show
 
Max Allan Collins recommends
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Say It Was Murder (2018)
(McShan)
Stephen Mertz
"One of my favorite writers...a born storyteller."
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Blood, Guts, and Whiskey (2010)
Todd Robinson
"Lean, mean stories. . . today's brightest writers provide some of the darkest tales you've ever read."
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The Long Man (2010)
(Max August Magikal Thrillers , book 2)
Steve Englehart
"[An] exciting tale of mystery, magic and suspense."

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Anthologies containing stories by Max Allan Collins
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Dead-End Jobs (2021)
A Hitman Anthology
edited by
Andy Rausch

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Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : True Detective
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : Stolen Away
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1995) : Carnal Hours
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) : Damned in Paradise
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1999) : Flying Blind: A Novel about Amelia Earhart
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : Angel in Black
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2009) : The First Quarry
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2010) : Quarry in the Middle
Barry Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2020) : Killing Quarry


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